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SRIS Plays Host to Touring Welsh Rugby Team

March, 2012
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sris-rugbyDuring the week of February 6th to 10th, Shanghai Rego International School (SRIS) was lucky enough to play host to 18 guests from the prestigious Llandovery College in mid Wales. Not only is Llandovery an academically successful school, but also it is famed for producing some of Wales’ greatest rugby players, most notably the current Welsh winger George North.
The visitors were made up of the school’s finest U15rugby players and their 3 coaches, Matt Williams, Ally Hall and Iestyn Thomas.
Iestyn Thomas, who was a very successful premier league rugby coach in the UK and is now the school’s master of rugby, had come to REGO to work with our pupils and give them a master class in all things RUGBY! Ross Orchard, the SRIS coach, had this to say:
“The students thoroughly enjoyed having Iestyn, Matt and Ally working with them. These guys live rugby back in Wales and I think this was very clear to our students. Not everyone has the opportunity to be coached by someone like Iestyn Thomas and it was obvious that in a short time our students had picked up some very valuable skills and tips.”  
The whole week was a huge success. Saturday was spent at the Shanghai Rugby Football Club (SRFC) participating in the CISSA under15s ten-a-side tournament. Over 200 rugby players aged 9 to 15 all played in their club or school teams and Llandovery College convincingly won the competition in their age group. They scored over 160 points in total and did not concede a single point. SRIS also did well and came second in the competition, only losing to Llandovery.
The week was topped off with a 15-a-side match at Dulwich College Shanghai where a mixed Llandovery/ RIS team played against Dulwich in the first ever school 15-a-side match to be played in Shanghai. Llandovery/SRIS won the match 60 – 0. The SRIS coach said: “This was a wonderful event to be part of and everyone involved really enjoyed it. I hope in the future that more schools get into 15-a-side rugby and we can all look at developing its profile in Shanghai.”


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